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Goosebumps Horrorland #11: Escape from Horrorland

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Goosebumps Horrorland #11: Escape from Horrorland

Lizzy and Luke Morris have actually been in HorrorLand before, and they shudder at the memory of it. But when one of the park workers starts sending them emails about the park's 14 "Very Special Guests" who now fear for their lives, the Morrises begin studying HorrorLand. Is there any way they can help these poor victims?

When Lizzy and Luke arrive at HorrorLand, they try to warn the six children who have not yet escaped to Panic Park. Matt and Carly Beth Caldwell, the group's leaders, are suspicious of Lizzy and Luke's admonishments to stay away from Panic Park. But when Lizzy and Luke state that they believe HorrorLand is safer than Panic Park, it worries some of the kids, who wonder if they should go rescue their friends who are already there.

These youngsters have even bigger worries, though. When seemingly friendly Horror Byron warns them that the other Horrors have begun a search for them, they’re terrified. Byron offers to help them escape. He includes Lizzy and Luke, even though everyone believes they may actually be working with the deadly Horrors. The group ends up in a Hall of Mirrors --- and they know the mirrors can take them to Panic Park. Lizzy and Luke follow the others through the glass, even as they wonder if they will ever find their way back again.

Having made their way through the mirrors, the group finds themselves in Panic Park, which at first appears to be like an old-fashioned carnival, with a Ferris wheel and swan rides. Then the children notice less comforting sights, such as the "Scream House" and "Hole of Horror." They approach people in the park, to ask if they've seen the eight missing kids, and…well, let’s just say that what they hear and what they experience is something that may give readers a double helping of the heebie-jeebies, along with a nightmare or two. (Shudder. Shiver. And I don't scare easily.)

The creepiness escalates when Robby finds a newspaper. The lead article says that Panic Park was closed after disappearances and deaths had occurred there, and announces plans to tear down the entire park. And (cue “Twilight Zone” music here) the date on the newspaper is July 12, 1974.

Now the kids are not only terrified, they're puzzled. Have they traveled back in time? If Panic Park has been destroyed, what are they walking through? Are they prisoners in this place --- whatever and whenever it is? And where are their friends?

Even in the midst of their rabid terror and bewilderment, the others continue to distrust Lizzy and Luke. When Lizzy suggests they try to return to HorrorLand through the Hall of Mirrors, Jillian claims that the Morris siblings are just trying to be bossy and that Lizzy and Luke don't care about any of the rest of them.

After several other mysterious discoveries, the group finds their way to an information booth. They come across a guidebook and map --- and the creepiest guide imaginable.

Speaking of "creepiest," I do believe R.L. Stine has just been warming up with the previous books in this series, in order to give us this chilling fright-fest. Enjoy it if you dare. And don't be embarrassed about leaving your light on all night.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on June 1, 2009

Goosebumps Horrorland #11: Escape from Horrorland
by R. L. Stine

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2009
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0439918790
  • ISBN-13: 9780439918794